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1856 DIME

PCGS Nos: 4609, 4610, 4745, 84745

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 5,780,000
Proofs: 
estimated 40

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, executed by Christian Gobrecht, modified by Robert Ball Hughes; Reverse by Christian Gobrecht, modified by Robert Ball Hughes

Diameter: 17.9 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 38 grains (2.5 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) below DIME on the reverse

Varieties:
Small Date
Large Date

Notes:
The finest "Small Date" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

The finest "Large Date" examples graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

The finest Proof "Small Date" examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-66's.

The finest Proof Cameo "Small Date" examples graded by PCGS are 2 PRCA-65's.

Significant examples:
PCGS Proof-66.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 596, plated, unsold

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8002, illustrated, sold for $2,932.50

NGC MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7253, not illustrated, sold for $603.75

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 303, not plated, sold for $161.00

Choice About Uncirculated, nearly Mint State.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 507, "Large Date", not plated, sold for $161.00

ANACS AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6939, "Doubled Die Obverse", not illustrated, sold for $161.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service